First Out-Lesbian American Idol Contestant Cheered on by Two Moms

By Penny Starr | February 24, 2014 | 8:05pm EST


MK Nobilette's lesbian mothers (AP Photo)

( – MK Nobilette is “making history” as the first openly lesbian contestant on "American Idol," but she is also the first contestant to have two lesbian mothers supporting her in the audience.


Nobilette, 20, was selected to go to Hollywood during the San Francisco, Calif., audition, where she lives with her girlfriend. On Thursday, she was named as one of the Top 13 on the show.

During her audition, Nobilette told the judges she was a lesbian.

"I'm very obviously gay," Nobilette. "There are always going to be people in America and everywhere else who are going to hate, but in the last few years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that and made it a positive thing.”

The live show on Thursday included footage of her two mothers in the crowd with a sign that said “Go MK. We Love You.”

A Feb. 19 article on the 429 website noted Nobilette’s “two mothers.”
“Following her first performance of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ on Tuesday, February 18, the San Francisco-raised Nobilette received a standing ovation from the crowd—which included her two mothers, one of whom was unable to hold in happy tears,” the article stated.

One of the three judges on American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., expressed his approval of the development on the show in an interview posted on

"If this is an indication of where our country is going, it's about time," Connick said. "I hope in 10 years we won't even have to talk about this. It's a big world, and everybody lives in it."

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